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Alastair Crooke

Putin Is Being Pushed to Abandon His Conciliatory Approach to the West and Prepare for War

Alastair Crooke | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Serious pressure is being applied to Putin to come down from the high wire along which he has warily trod until now, balancing Russia's Western-aligned elites on one hand and those concerned that Russia faces a real military and geo-financial threat from NATO on the other.

The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

Alastair Crooke | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Negotiations over the future of Syria are not taking place in Geneva. They're taking place on the battlefields of Idlib and Aleppo. And it's not the opposition that's winning: it's the Assad regime, backed by Russia. This victory will have grave consequences for the U.S. and Europe-led security infrastructure in the Middle East and beyond.

America Is Dramatically Changing its Syria Policy. Here's Why.

Alastair Crooke | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Washington may be coming to the understanding that neither Russia nor Iran nor Hezbollah believe for one second the U.S. narrative that if Assad stepped down, somehow ISIS would melt away, and that responsible rebels would turn against ISIS to finish them off.

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front Line

Alastair Crooke | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- In Syria, Putin is trying to force the issue of Russia's place in the world today, to burst free from the post-war situation in which Russia found itself trapped. It is a gamble, because the gesture itself -- if successful -- will shape the Middle East and global geopolitics much more widely.

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Amidst all this flexing of muscles, America is effectively disempowered by its stand-off policy, but also from its political investment in the war on ISIS, with its many contradictions and tensions.

ISIS Is Waging a War Within Islam –- A War That the West Continues To Exacerbate

Alastair Crooke | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The signs of this impending "madness" have been out there -- "hiding" in the open, as it were -- for the last 25 years.

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

Already the western-backed Syrian rebels are howling that they have been discredited by America's attacks in Syria.

Alastair Crooke: The Ex-Spy Who Stepped Into the Cold

Hussein Ibish, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2011 | World
Hussein Ibish, Ph.D.

In recent years Alastair Crooke has emerged as the leading Western champion of Arab and Muslim extremists and anti-Western regimes. His brainchild, Conflicts Forum, therefore, does not seek to resolve conflicts but rather exacerbates them.